Book Review: Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard

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Book Review: Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard

I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Queen & Commander by Janine A. SouthardQueen & Commander by Janine A. Southard
Series: Hive Queen Saga #1
on March 10th 2013
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 250
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again... and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.

Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here.

My Thoughts

This was good but strange. There’s no real background given about why this society has “queens” or what is really going on. All the plot line gives you is that everyone in the plot is a little desperate, all for their own reasons.

In a way I understand the character’s choices but at the same time I just don’t get any of them. Rhiannon half the time is inside her own head. She wants so badly to be a good queen that she doesn’t even speak up or give her crew members a direction. I was really saddened by this. Her lack of authority and the fact that she has to read up on how to be a queen for dummies, is silly. Stop reading, start doing! But technically she wasn’t built for this duty. She fooled the tests and because of that she puts herself into some seriously situations. But now she has this duty to make sure she and her hive are safe…. ARGH! I just … Half the book I wanted to scream at them.

Then you have the others. Come on guys… They are all very young, talked Rhiannon into being a Commander and now they are curious WHY she doesn’t know how to command! SIGH! And then Rhiannon sort of peer pressures the other two guys into coming along as well. What goes around comes around!

So, I enjoyed the characters but I think the plot is nearly unbelievable. But I’m sticking with it and reading book two and to be honest, I am curious about what is going to happen to them. The story is easy to read even though the characters are flipping nuts. I’m involved now even if I am kicking and screaming the entire way!

What do you think of teenagers in YA books who make stupid decisions because of peer pressure? Do you tend to enjoy the angst and drama that comes with those decisions?


The Author

Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She’s attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE not a bug. (“Oxford educated, but Californian at heart;” she’s also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan.)

Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband and a cat. The cat pretends to care about this.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Queen & Commander by Janine A. Southard”

    • Christina

      So true! I know I shouldn’t blame it on their age. Sometimes I really feel like I’ve grown so much in my years but my daughter has always been one to make great decisions, no matter her age! Must remember this! The second was better.